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A Question of Country by Sue Parritt
Genre: Women’s fiction
Blog Tour Dates 30th March - 6th April 2020
Publication Date: 30th March 2020
Estimated Word count: 86k
Formats Available - Mobi, Epub and PDF
Type of Post Available - Reviews and basic promo / spotlight posts
Author Content Warning: Attempted murder scene
Purchase Link: http://mybook.to/aqoc
On Christmas Eve 1969, a letter from Australia House, London, brings welcome news for newly-weds, Anna and Joseph Fletcher.
Young and idealistic, Anna falls passionately in love with their adopted land, her intense adoration leading to a suite of ardent poems. But seven months later, an unexpected and unwelcome event smothers creativity and induces deep despondency.
A new friendship helps restore equilibrium, enabling a resurgence of creative writing but before long interest wanes, until Anna’s involvement in a suburban tragedy becomes the catalyst for a first novel.
When the novel is published, controversial content and the author’s forthright views on abortion and women’s rights evoke controversy in conservative eighties’ Queensland. Notoriety continues with a second novel focused on a lesbian relationship. Sales soar.
Yet despite success and financial security, Anna descends into a pit of depression, surfacing only when she acknowledges the real reason for despair. Retreating to her fictional world, she moves through the years seemingly content but with only intermittent fulfilment.
Then, in her seventieth year, Anna must face a different challenge. Does she possess the courage to take the risk or will she take refuge in fantasy?
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About Sue Parritt
Originally from England, Sue worked in university libraries until taking early retirement in 2008 to concentrate on creative writing. Since then she has written short stories, articles, poetry, a short TV drama script and seven novels:
Sannah and the Pilgrim, first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia focusing on climate change and the harsh treatment of refugees from drowned Pacific islands. Odyssey Books, 2014. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2014. Pia and the Skyman, Odyssey Books, 2016. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2016. The Sky Lines Alliance, Odyssey Books, 2016.
Chrysalis, the story of a perceptive girl growing up in a Quaker family in swinging sixties’ Britain. Morning Star Press, 2017
Re-Navigation recounts a life turned upside down when forty-year old Julia journeys from the sanctuary of middle-class Australian suburbia to undertake a retreat at a college located on an isolated Welsh island. Creativia Publishing, 2019.
Feed Thy Enemy, based on Sue’s father’s experiences, is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma as a British airman embarks on a plan that risks all to feed a starving, war-stricken family. Creativia Publishing, 2019.
A Question of Country explores the migrant experience through the protagonist’s lifelong search for meaningful identity. Next Chapter (formerly Creativia Publishing), 2020.
Sue’s current project, working title: Twenty-eight Days, first in The Doorkeeper series, is set in Southern Australia in 2100. It deals with overpopulation and extended life expectancy in an increasingly climate-challenged world and the inhumane solutions adopted by a government determined to rid Australia of unproductive citizens.
Passionate about peace and social justice issues, Sue’s goal as a fiction writer is to continue writing novels that address topics such as climate change, the effects of war, the treatment of refugees, feminism and racism. Sue intends to keep on writing for as long as possible, believing the extensive life experiences of older writers can be employed to engage readers of all ages.
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